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Schome: information about virtual worlds

Different virtual worlds

Second Life Virtual world where Schome islands are currently located.

SPORE Looks worth a look - design your world through five stages - you can share your world and its creations with others and explore the worlds they have created... Looks like it's kind of violent though ...

Quest Atlantis - an interesting project using a virtual environment to enhance learning.

Check out this interesting classification of virtual worlds by sector and by target age group

Page under development - feel free to add details of other virtual worlds.

Games in education

There is a clear overlap between virtual worlds (like Second Life virtual world) and online games (like World of Warcraft) - and it seems likely that they can learn useful things from each other ... The links below are to sites which give more info about games in education ...

Useful sources of info re virtual worlds in education

Innovate (the journal of online education) Volume 5, Number 5, June/July 2009 is on Virtual Worlds, Simulations, and Games for Education]

Educause Review Volume 43, Number 5, September/October 2008 is on virtual worlds in HE

JOURNAL OF VIRTUAL WORLDS RESEARCH
This new open access, peer-reviewed publication, hosted by the Texas Digital Library consortium (http://jvwresearch.org/) is a "transdisciplinary journal that engages a wide spectrum of scholarship and welcomes contributions from the many disciplines and approaches that intersect virtual worlds research."

Stuff on the web re virtual worlds

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